Writer and director Julia Ducournau’s sticky, blood-flecked Raw doesn’t necessarily fall into the grisly chambers of body horror even though the film’s carmine color palette screams out to the genre.
The instrument jarring, floor stomping, guttural vehemence of Brooklyn’s Ex-Girlfriends — Tarra Thiessen, Heather Cousins, Christine Hill, Monika Knapp — create a landscape of circus mirrors and guitar eviscerating mayhem.
Caila Thompson-Hannant’s kaleidoscopic iridescence is both saltwater taffy and tall shadows. Operating as Mozart’s Sister, the Montréal-based artist draws wavy chalk lines that are hopelessly full of life.
“The Salesman” opens with the lighting and darkening of set pieces. Shadows of angled furniture, occasionally mixed with deep reds, come in and out.
Dealing in the currency of friendship, love, and mourning, the Canadian filmmaker’s second full-length feature is a beautiful depiction of what it means to be human.
Identity, spatial appreciation, and the exploration of color are all present in Olswing’s work. There’s effusive melody, designed restraint, and a compass for geography.
The exchanges of dialogue, between Erin Carter and Grace Glowicki, feel textural, free of artifice, and wholly tangible. There’s glib quips in “Suck It Up”, but none of them feel whip smart to the point of being flippantly arrogant – we’re free of Aaron Sorkin adrenaline shots or Mike Mills snark.
The Swedish duo of Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf created an album that spoke to the smoke and mirrors of memories, the deep, unyielding pain of love, and the sociopolitical unease of 2016.
Lisa Harrison and Lexi McCoy of Bearcats create chaotic harmonies that bay, thump, and brawl. Basically, they’re rad – why bury the lead? With their latest release, “Break Up Stories”, the band confiscates any notion of placidity and delivers one of the best EPs of 2016.
In wanting to get some hot takes from Horrible/Adorable on songwriting, pizza life, and the raddest of enamel pins, we caught up with the bay area’s finest Neapolitan rockers.